Sam Houston State University is currently renegotiating a deal with Pearson Higher Education, which would remove eCollege as the school’s online software platform, according to a report by SHSU’s campus newspaper, The Houstonian.
The contract would make Blackboard 9 the school’s sole online system.
The university still has two more years left on its contract with Pearson, but wants to refocus the services provided by the learning management system, the report stated. The contract is currently worth nearly $2 million.
According to the report, eCollege was not able to meet the school’s standards for a LMS and, during a 2010 Faculty Senate meeting, was considered “unintuitive, difficult to learn and generally inferior to Blackboard.”
Blackboard is used among Texas higher education institutions including the University of Texas, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, Texas State University, and Concordia University Texas.